Clive Palmer yells in frustration from his aircraft toward Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s personnel in a nearby hangar after his plane was refused refuelling at Melbourne Airport.
Clive Palmer yells in frustration from his aircraft toward Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s personnel in a nearby hangar after his plane was refused refuelling at Melbourne Airport. DAVE HUNTAAP

Palmer relatively frugal for a federal politician

HE FLIES a private jet, drives a Rolls-Royce and owns a dinosaur park but Sunshine Coast MP Clive Palmer is actually kind of frugal - for a federal politician.

The self-proclaimed man of the people spent less taxpayer money on entitlements than most of his parliamentary peers, according to financial reports.

The Member for Fairfax cost taxpayers $32,658 in the final six months of last year, well short of the $226,764 average for Queensland-based Federal MPs and a shadow of the more than $500,000 Kevin Rudd claimed in the months leading up to last year's election.

The report lists the millions of taxpayers' dollars federal politicians spent on airfares, study tours, cars and other entitlements from July 1 to December 31 last year.

Is Clive Palmer setting an example for other federal MPs?

This poll ended on 27 July 2015.

Current Results

He sure is. Labor and the Coalition better shape up.

52%

He's certainly not making it worse.

9%

Meaningless. He can afford to bankroll everything himself.

14%

Does he actually do anything that needs reimbursing?

23%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Palmer's bill was the lowest among the Queenslanders, an honour that can probably be accredited to his private jet and cavalcade of luxury cars.

The mining magnate spent $1072 on domestic flights, compared to the Queensland average of $19,212, and ranked lowest in most categories. The low bill should come as no surprise considering the Palmer United Party leader campaigned on the idea that his considerable private wealth would ease the burden on taxpayers. In November he said: "There's no point having a private jet unless you use it. You've got to create jobs.

"The difference is, I'll be paying for my jet and you're paying for Tony Abbott's jet.

"You're paying for Joe Hockey's jet. You're not paying for mine.''

Former speaker Peter Slipper claimed $190,899 before losing at the last election and his replacement in the seat of Fisher, Mal Brough, had a bill of $87,487.

Member for Longman Wyatt Roy racked up a bill of $237,152, with $72,265 going on office facilities and $129,993 spent on office administrative costs.

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, who represents Noosa, charged taxpayers $13,459 for travel for his family as part of his $383,585 in entitlements.

FOOTING THE BILL: The Parliamentarians Expenditure Report lists the entitlement claims of Sunshine Coast MPs.
FOOTING THE BILL: The Parliamentarians Expenditure Report lists the entitlement claims of Sunshine Coast MPs.
 


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